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Shrunken Heads: One Ghoulish Garnish

So, you’ve whipped up your Witch’s Brew for Halloween, and it tastes appropriately wicked. But there’s … something … missing. Of course! You need some shrunken heads as a garnish. I’m here for you. And you don’t even have to…

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Eagle Rare glasses

Great gift idea: Eagle Rare glasses

As a bourbon blogger, I have a lot of bottles of bourbon. I also have a lot of bourbon glassware. But until this week, what I didn’t have was bourbon glasses made from bourbon bottles. A Georgia company called Cave…

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Woodford Reserve Butterscotch Manhattan

  Several years back I was invited to Woodford Reserve’s Manhattan Experience, a competition co-sponsored by the bourbon and Esquire magazine that was held at the Kentucky Derby Museum. While the judges sampled variations on the Manhattan mixed by the…

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Basil Hayden’s Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

Knowing that Halloween and Thanksgiving, the two holidays that revere The Great Pumpkin, are in our sights, the fine folks at Basil Hayden’s sent along this recipe. The resulting cocktail has a lovely orange hue and a pumpkin-pie essence; it’s…

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A whiskey emoji? >:-(

Our long national nightmare may soon be over: Starting next year, there may finally be an emoji for whiskey drinkers. The Unicode Consortium, which standardizes characters and emojis across operating systems, announced this week that this glass of whiskey on…

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Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel

90 proof; 18 years old $120/750ml suggested retail price The story: It’s back! After a three-year absence due to inventory shortages, Heaven Hill is again releasing Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon, which was introduced in 1994. As demand for the…

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Maker's 46 Cask Strength

Maker’s 46 Cask Strength

108-114 proof (this bottling is 108.9 proof); no age statement $40/375ml The story: In September 2014, Maker’s Mark began offering an uncut and unfiltered cask strength version of its bourbon (see my tasting notes here). That proved to be so…

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1792 Port Finish Bottle

1792 Port Finish Bourbon

88.9 proof; aged 6 years in new American white oak barrels and an additional 2 in used port wine barrels $39.99/750ml suggested retail price The story: Barton 1792 Distillery, owned by Sazerac, continues its new line of premium 1792 brands…

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The Fig Jig

The advent of fall calls for cocktails with rich, deep flavors. This one features both the dark fruit notes of fig and the brightness of orange, which is a natural complement to bourbon. Ingredients 1 tablespoon fig jam (I used…

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Buffalo Trace 2015 Antique Collection

Every September, Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky., releases its Antique Collection, five limited-edition whiskeys – George T. Stagg, Eagle Rare 17 Year, William Larue Weller. Sazerac Rye 18 Year and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye – that have become…

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